Gwynedd Mercy takes AEC title, awaits potential NCAA tourney bid

Gwynedd Mercy team photo - courtesy of Gwynedd Mercy athletics
Gwynedd Mercy railied back from a five-run deficit to beat Cabrini on Saturday, 10-9, to capture the Atlantic East Conference Championship.

Trailing 8-3 entering the fourth inning, Dave Tatoian highlighted a five-run frame for the Griffins with a grand slam. He finished the contest 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and a season-high five RBIs.

Ryan Keen hit an RBI-double in the sixth to score Tatoian and break the 8-8 tie. T.J. Brasler hit a solo homer in the seventh in what ultimately turned out to be the deciding run in Saturday's contest.

Liam Sullivan tossed two shutout innings for the Griffins to secure the save, his third of the season. Brian Wildrick collected the win, surrendering one run over four innings in relief.

As for the Cavs, Stephen Priest finished 3-for-5 on the afternoon and Joe Aurite picked up two RBIs with a double in the third inning.

The Griffins won Game One of the best-of-three series on Friday, 20-5.

Nick Mulvey was named tournament MVP, finishing 8-for-20 (.400) with eight runs scored, 14 RBIs, and a homer.

The Griffins will find out on Monday if they've received an at-large bid to participate in the NCAA Division III tournament. The Atlantic East will be eligible for automatic bids to the tourney beginning in 2021.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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